World War I
George Hume

Church Hill cottages
When the Great War began on August 3rd 1914, for George Hume the thought of going to war may have been a long way off. He was living in Union Street in Barking with his wife and five children. He was a labourer and had had family connections with the parishes of Stock and Buttsbury.
Researching the 1901 Census shows that George’s father Charles was a horseman on a farm, Mary his mother as was traditional at the time looked after family home and brought up the children. In addition to George there was brother Fred and sister Rose. Fred was nineteen so old enough to work and was a groom so followed his father’s footsteps, Rose was only eleven. By the time of the 1901 Census, George was twenty two and married to Emma and living away from home and by 1904 he had a family. Alfred was born in 1904, Joseph (1906), John (1909), Rosie (1912) and Fred (1914).
In December 1915 George was 38 years old when he joined up Woolwich. His attestation papers (joining forms) show that he was only in for the ‘duration of the war’. He went into the reserve but was mobilised 29th August 1916 and sent to France a day later. 81603 George Hume was in the Machine Gun Corps, and on 28th November 1917 George was wounded in the field and sent to hospital and did not return to join his unit until three weeks later. In Feb 1918 he had two weeks leave and this would have been the last time he saw his family. He was fortunate to be granted such leave as the last German great push of the war occurred in March 1918, and it was well known that the granting of leave was a lottery.
By this time George was a member of the 62nd Battalion MGC which was attached to the West Riding Division in turn this was part of VI corps and at the time of his death they were involved in the final advance in Picardy and his last action may well have been in the Battle of the Sambre 4th November 1918.
George died of wounds 5th November 1918 just a few days before the Armistice was signed, he was 40 years old. He was buried in Awoingt British Cemetery which was opened in last half of October 1918 and used until the middle of December. Awoingt is a village some 3 kilometres east-south-east of Cambrai.
After the war, Emma completed forms to for the Ministry of Pensions and subsequently was awarded 37/11d (about £1.87) for her and her five children per week. She also received a memorial scroll and plaque (also known as a ‘death penny’) from the King via the Machine Gun Corps in honour of her husband’s sacrifice.
George Hume’s Medal Index Card, which can be viewed at the Public Record Office in Kew, shows he was awarded the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal, these would have been sent to Emma.
In 1920 George’s name was included on the wooden memorial inside Buttsbury Church, alongside others of his generation from the parish who fell.
Currently George is remembered on the Buttsbury Memorial, but not the Stock War Memorial.
Stock Index War Memorials